IMFSurvey Magazine: Countries & Regions
April 19, 2015
After years of political transition, some countries in the Middle East and North Africa are seeing a pickup in economic activity, but the region still needs to foster the kind of growth that generates jobs and raises standards of living over the medium term, the IMF says.
April 17, 2015
After a period of rapid growth, Asia should expect much slower economic expansion in the future as the region is likely to revert to levels of average growth, a former U.S. Treasury Secretary has told an audience at the IMF-World Bank Meetings.
April 07, 2015
Pakistan has succeeded in stabilizing its economy, but steady implementation of reforms will be vital if the country hopes to find a place among the world’s fast-growing emerging markets, the IMF says.
March 30, 2015
Improving access to financial services can make a difference in Africa’s economic performance, Central African policymakers hear at a conference on financial inclusion in the region held in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.
March 16, 2015
More women need to be moved from non-regular to regular employment, and supported through appropriate public policies if Japan and Korea are to raise the number of working women, according to a new IMF Working Paper.
March 11, 2015
The Indian economy is reviving, helped by positive policy actions that have improved confidence and by lower global oil prices, says the IMF in its annual assessment of the Indian economy
March 03, 2015
After a year of very strong growth of 6 percent, lower energy export prices in 2015 will likely contribute to growth moderating to a still impressive rate of close to 5 percent, say IMF economists.
February 26, 2015
The plunge in oil prices since mid-2014 shows that Gabon’s plan to diversify its economy away from overdependence on oil is clearly the right way to go and is now more relevant than ever, IMF staff says in a regular review of the Central African nation’s economy.
February 23, 2015
The Moroccan economy is faring better due to significant progress in implementing economic reforms, but the country should sustain efforts to maintain gains and achieve higher and inclusive growth, the IMF said in its latest annual assessment of the economy and first review of the liquidity line that Morocco obtained from the global lender in 2014.
February 11, 2015
Following four years of political uncertainty and economic slowdown, Egypt has chosen a path of adjustment and reform which, if followed resolutely, will lead to economic stability and growth, the IMF said in its first comprehensive assessment of the North African nation’s economy since 2010.
April 17, 2015
Managing the impact of sharply lower oil prices is sub-Saharan Africa’s short-term policy priority, IMF African Department Director Antoinette Sayeh says, adding that the subcontinent is still set to remain one of the world’s fastest-growing regions this year.
April 03, 2015
The IMF Executive Board approves a $918 million loan to Ghana to support a reform program aimed at faster growth and job creation while protecting social spending. The three-year financing package backs a plan that was agreed in principle by an IMF staff team in February.
March 24, 2015
The IMF Executive Board approves a loan and grant package for Sierra Leone to help the West African country counter an economic slump, engendered by the Ebola outbreak and a sharp drop in iron ore prices, that is stretching the country’s social protection system.
March 13, 2015
Iceland has rebounded after the 2008/9 crisis and will soon surpass pre-crisis output levels with strong performance in tourism and fisheries. Debt ratios are down, balance sheets have broadly been restored, and the financial sector is back on track although some important items remain on the docket.
February 27, 2015
The IMF Executive Board approves $36.5 million in debt relief to Liberia in the form of a grant from a new trust set up to help low-income countries recover from natural disasters. The IMF says the move aims to help Liberia counter effects of the Ebola crisis.
February 26, 2015
An IMF staff team in Ghana reaches agreement with the government on a new economic reform program that would be supported by an IMF loan of about $940 million. The loan would back a program aimed at boosting economic growth and tightening fiscal discipline.
February 17, 2015
The IMF Executive Board approves release of $25.9 million to Guinea under the West African country’s existing IMF-backed program, and also boosts financing under the program by an extra $37.7 million, to help the country fight Ebola.